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University of Groningen
Globalisation Studies Groningen
September Newsletter

  When Political Power Hates Knowledge. Theatre, Lecture & Discussion

Organised by  Scholars at Risk, UAF and GSG.

The ‘Forbidden Science Monologue’ tells the impressive story of Professor Kanouté.  Kanouté ends up in prison, where he is humiliated and mistreated.  After the dramatized translation of the experiences of a scholar at risk, professor Felix Kaputu takes the stage. The monologue is based on his story. He talks with  Professor Van Genugten and dr. Becking about the meaning of academic freedom and responsibilities that come with those freedoms.
Date: 1 October, 2013, Time: 20:00 hr, Place: Senate room, Academy Building, RUG, Admission: Free
  The Groningen Lectures on Modes of Reasoning

Globalisation studies Groningen is co-organising a
new lecture series  on Modes of Reasoning. They  are a space for world leading intellectuals to reflect on historical and contemporary modes of reasoning order and power. Speakers are invited to address the topic
from their own area of expertise and to engage with questions from a selected audience. 
The opening Lecture takes place on September 25 at 17:00.
  Groningen opens new Centre for East Asian Studies

The Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) was launched this month to formulate and coordinate an East Asian Studies programme at the University of Groningen.

Positioned at the Faculty of Arts, with active participation of four other faculties and Globalisation Studies Groningen, CEASG focuses on contemporary developments in China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia.

CEASG's first assignment is to launch a Master programme East Asian Studies in September 2014 (60 ECTS), and initiate the establishment of four Chairs on Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mongolian Studies. The first two such Chairs are to be appointed shortly. CEASG plans to convene a launch seminar on East Asian Studies when all four Chairs are in place. 

The launch of CEASG is part of the University's increased focus on East Asia. The University already operates study centres in Shanghai, Beijing and Osaka, and hosts the Confucius Institute Groningen, the Osaka University Representative Office and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Korea.

The launch of CEASG and the Chair for East Asian Studies, in particular modern day Mongolia, are supported by a number of sponsors including ING Bank.

For further details contact CEASG's Director International: t.halbertsma@rug.nl
  International PhD Workshop in Beijing, China

Prof Joost Herman and Dr Yongjun Zhao will attend the 2013 International PhD Workshop (www.phdchina.org) in Beijing, China on 30 November-1 December 2013. The purpose is to promote the GSG and its research programmes especially the PhD Hub in order to attract the best PhD candidates for different faculties of RuG. The PhD workshop is China's largest educational fair covering all the major academic disciplines and tailored to the needs of foreign universities. Thousands of Chinese students from all the top Chinese universities will attend the event; successful candidates will be eligible to apply for Chinese government scholarships. Prof Herman and Dr Zhao will also visit their partner universities in Beijing and Shanghai to consolidate their collaboration and to plan for 2014.
  Public Lecture on Ethical and Human Rights Dilemmas in the Teaching Profession in Africa

On 27 September from 14 – 16 hrs, Byaruhanga Rukooko (Dean faculty of Arts, at Makerere University, Uganda) will give a Public Lecture on Ethical and Human Rights dilemmas in the teaching profession in Africa.

Venue to be announced
  A REG Roundtable on Transitional Justice in the Former Yugoslavia

Globalisation Studies Groningen - Research in Ethics and Globalisation presents a roundtable on Transitional Justice In The Former Yugoslavia.
Nerma Jelacic (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia)
Iva Vukusic (War Crimes Researcher and Analyst)
Christopher K. Lamont (University of Groningen)
Time: 7 – 8:30 PM – Monday 30 September 2013
Location: Senaatskamer, Academy Building
  Graduation Project University of Groningen

Graduation Project in South-America for Master Student in the context of Early School Leaving Africa (ESLA) and Lifelong Learning (Master pedagogics, and students from other Masters can apply). From  January to June 2013, 4/5 month research (30 ECT) to the reinforcement of financial capabilities of youths on the countryside of Colombia in cooperation with CYFI (Child and Youth Finance International) and the Universidad de San Gil.
You are expected to learn Spanish and to participate in the Master module Intervention Research (Pedagogics) in the period September until December 2013 (on Thursday 11-13, starting on September 19).
More information: Dr. Jacques Zeelen: j.j.m.zeelen@rug.nl
  Minor Development Studies

The GSG-coordinated Minor Development Studies has attracted again more students this year (82) and the various courses are also fully booked, most of them with 150 students or more (!). Wednesday Sept. 11, we held the opening conference of the Minor.
  Arrival of new Chinese PhDs

The GSG has welcomed the arrival of Ms Bin Jiang and Ms Yingruo Wang in early September to start their PhD studies. Ms Jiang from the China Agricultural University, and Ms Wang from Zhengzhou University, have started a four-year study fully funded by the China Scholarship Council. Their studies relate to China-Africa development cooperation and the role of Chinese NGOs in environmental management, which fits with the GSG's PhD Hub as an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary initiative aimed at coordinating and creating synergies among all the PhD trajectories of the university. More arrivals of Chinese PhDs are expected given GSG's continuous engagement with Chinese universities and the China International PhD Workshop on 30 November-1 December 2013 in Beijing.
  University of Groningen
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